ISO 9001: 2015 was published over a year ago. There is therefore less than 2 years remaining of the Transition period.
This would seem plenty of time for the changes. However, Companies have had a recent Surveillance Visit, have only one more Surveillance Audit from their Certification Body, before the expiry of their Certificate. Any business expecting that they can book a special Transition Audit in August 2018, will have difficulty and may well be disappointed.
We had expected that during 2016, there would have been more “Early Adopters”. All our Clients, for whom it is appropriate with their plans, have transitioned. However there has been limited interest from other Companies. One reason may be that certain Certification Bodies were much delayed in receiving their official approval from UKAS.
The cheapest and most convenient time to Transition is at the Surveillance or Recertification Audit visits. This means that depending on the month of the scheduled Surveillance visit, the last Surveillance visit will be from October 2017, which is only in 11 months’ time.
Any Company hoping to delay Transition to say August 2018, will both have to pay for extra visit and find that they cannot organise a date till after September 2018 and so their Certification will lapse. Certification Organisation already are saying that they will only be able to book only a few special Transition audits just before the Deadline and that some Companies’ Certificates will expire.
The message is – Now is the time to start your Transition to ISO 9001: 2015. Do not delay.